Small Talk


April 20th, 2011

When I was younger, I noticed that I had some aunts and uncles who referred to each other as "Mom" and "Dad." It was as if parenthood was their only identity. You know- they turn and talk to each other and instead of calling each other by their first names or affectionate nicknames like Sweetie, they call each other Mom and Dad.

My own parents never did this. I thought I would never do this. Not that I think it's a bad thing, but since my parents didn't do it, it seemed foreign to my ears. I thought Claus would forever be Claus or Honey to me.

After I had a kid, Sweetie and Honey became applicable to both husband and child. The funny nickname I gave to my husband that is Claus-specific is Clausket. Casket, Claus- get it? The Olivia-exclusive nickname is Pumpkin. However, Sweetie and Honey are the staples. They both look when I use those names.

Sometimes, when I feel like being very clear, I'll refer to him as Daddy. I don't know how it started, but that's what Olivia calls him, and maybe one day I was apeing her. Anyhow, he somehow legitimately became Daddy in my familial lexicon, and I find myself using it at least once a day.

Am I goofy? Do you do this?

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8 Responses to “Daddy”

  1. Zhang:

    I think a lot of parents do this to prevent their children from calling them by their first names.

  2. Mr. B:

    My mom and dad just called each other by their first names. As for me, I just call my wife by her first name, and she simply calls me "handsome".

  3. Rosette:

    I call my husband daddy...and fat ass he looks all the time funny! picture us in the store with my kids and I be yelling daddy if my husband
    adopted three colored kids...our kids look different youngest look like me more.

  4. Roette:

    I call him daddy because when my boys were little I use to call my husband by his name and the boys started calling him by his first name and my parents were correcting my parents keep bothering me saying they should not call thier father by the first name..OMG my parents drive me crazy

    so then I started calling him daddy so the boys will call him daddy...but after 20 years it turned into HEY FAT ASS CUT ME MY FRUIT..omg..funny huh..he like fat ass..sometimes he would say hey how come you are not calling me fat ass today! OMG!

  5. kuunakanaka:

    aloha Diane:

    No we don't. We'll say, "Go to Daddy" or "Go to Mommy," but when we talk to each other we call each other by our first names. So, our children started to call us by our first names 2.

  6. A-joe:

    Trust me, I've heard worse. You're doing just fine. =)

  7. ZimMama:

    My grandparents would always call each other "mom" and "dad". I can remember visiting them a lot of times when their house was filled with my aunts, uncles, and cousins--a group of about 20 or more people--and thinking that the two of them, my grandma and grandpa as matriarch and patriarch of the family, really were the Mom and Dad! As heads of our family now, my husband and I often call each other "mom" and "dad", too.

  8. Titus:

    My parents used to do that, and I asked my mother why. She said so that I would call them "mommy" and "daddy" and not by their first names.

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